Category Archives: Books with science links

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin is a 2019 Caldecott Honor winning picture book, and for good reason. The artwork pops against the lush black night background, and the sweet but mischievous Little Star’s facial expressions add … Continue reading

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Drawn From Nature

This picture book about the seasons is unique in many ways. First, Helen Ahpornsiri focuses on the animals and their varying activities throughout spring, summer, winter and fall. Little known facts make it an interesting read. Second, Ahpornsiri’s illustrations are detailed collages of … Continue reading

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You’re Snug With Me

Here’s a cozy story for winter. You’re Snug With Me by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Poonam Mistry is a warm-hearted story about polar bears and their arctic environment. The illustrations are an intricate tapestry of yellows, purples and blues, and the text … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Fan Club

The cover and the title drew me to this book. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is shelved under graphic novel at my library, looks more like an easy reader, but I think it’s most like a picture book–an incredibly … Continue reading

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Bertolt

I love this sweetly strange book about being different, being a loner and loving a 55-year-old oak. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstein (translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick) is lovely and though the storyline meanders a bit, I love the … Continue reading

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How to Swallow a Pig

How to Swallow a Pig: Step by Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is an animal guide in a spot-on deadpan tone that gives tons of information while managing to be a page-turner. Unexpected … Continue reading

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1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

Juana Medina‘s creative counting book starts with “one avocado deer”, which is a photographed avocado with antlers and a deer body inked in. The adorable illustrations grow into a colourful and playful salad recipe, complete with a recipe for dressing … Continue reading

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Worm Weather

Worm Weather is an ode to playing outside, even in rainy, wormy weather. Jean Taft‘s prose is short and poetic, fun to read aloud. There are rhymes, but it never stretches too hard and stays rhythmic and lively throughout. Matt Hunt’s … Continue reading

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Mother Bruce

Bruce, a bear who lived by himself, didn’t like many things, especially cute little animals. When one of his egg recipes goes wrong, he finds himself with four goslings who calling him “Mama”. These goslings take their imprinting so seriously that they … Continue reading

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Forest Has a Song

I’m ready for spring, and while I can’t move to a warmer climate or force my tulips to bloom outside, I can read this lovely book of poems about the forest. Today I heard a pinecone fall (from “Invitation”) are the … Continue reading

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